January 10, 2011

CARICOM or Cari-gone?

Caricom or Cari-gone?
By Ronald Sanders
Story Created: Jan 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM ECT
Story Updated: Jan 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM ECT
THE new year started with a great deal of frustration being publicly expressed over the Caribbean regional integration project which, this year, will have been in construction for 43 years. Other integration efforts, such as the European Union (EU), which began after the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom), have moved ahead much faster and much more effectively for the benefit of the people of their member countries.
It is therefore understandable that, in an editorial, one of the Caribbean's oldest newspapers observed that a majority of people believe that "any official attempt to unite the region as envisaged in the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) is nothing but reverie and doomed to failure''.
To be fair, the editorial did not trumpet this observation with glee or satisfaction. It said that "as we enter the second decade of this century, we hold fast, nevertheless, to the idea of one region''.
So, on the one hand, this editorial, reflecting the views of many, still believes in the notion of a deeply integrated Caribbean — "one region'', but it expresses no faith that we will see a CSME anytime soon. The editorial identified four contemporary reasons for its lack of faith in any "official'' attempt to unite the region.

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